July TBR

The White Queen by Philippa GregoryA woman who won the love of a king and ascended to royalty by virtue of her beauty, Elizabeth fought tenaciously for the success of her family — her daughter who would one day unite the warring dynasties, and her two sons whose eventual fate has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower. An active player in the power struggles that surrounded her, she made hard and courageous choices, always trying to protect those whom she loved.

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie PerkinsOver a year after her parents sent her away from Hawaii to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, Makani Young is still adjusting to her new life. She’s made a small group of close friends and even flirted with romance, but her past in Hawaii is still hard to forget. And then… one by one the students of her new high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders. Makani doesn’t know who’s next on the list. Between this, and a secret scorching relationship with the school weirdo, this school year may turn out to be one to die for… literally.

Something In The Water by Catherine SteadmanIf you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you? Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water… Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares? Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events… Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer.

The Girl In The Picture by Alexandra MonirNicole Morgan has been labeled many things – the geeky music girl, the shy sidekick of Miss Popularity, and the girl with the scar. Now only one name haunts her through the halls of Oyster Bay Prep. The girl in the picture. After heartthrob Chace Porter is found dead in the woods near the school, the police search for the girl snuggled up next to him in a picture discovered among his personal effects. A girl no one knew was even close to him–and whose best friend, Lana Rivera, was his girlfriend. Nicole is that girl, and now she’s the primary suspect in his murder. What happened that night? Were Nicole and Chace dating behind Lana’s back? Were he and Lana over? Could either of the girls have killed him?

The Swimming Pool by Louise CandlishIt’s summer when Elm Hill lido opens, having stood empty for years. For Natalie Steele – wife, mother, teacher – it offers freedom from the tightly controlled routines of work and family. Especially when it leads her to Lara Channing, a charismatic former actress with a lavish bohemian lifestyle, who seems all too happy to invite Natalie into her elite circle. Soon Natalie is spending long days at the pool, socializing with new friends and basking in a popularity she didn’t know she’d been missing. Real life, and the person she used to be, begins to feel very far away. But is such a change in fortunes too good to be true? Why are dark memories of a summer long ago now threatening to surface? And, without realizing, could Natalie have been swept dangerously out of her depth?

June Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 8
June TBR Books Read: 4
Total Pages Read: 3,045

Year One by Nora Roberts – 3/5 – This was my first foray into the world of Nora Roberts, and it was not really what I had expected. I think if I had known about the elements that this book contained (*FAIRIES*) I probably wouldn’t have picked it up, and certainly not for my first Nora Roberts read. Having said that, I did still enjoy Nora Roberts’ writing style and I have already picked up another book by her to read next month. If you’re into post-apocalyptic stories that contain magical creatures, this could be for you.

Finders Keepers by Stephen King – 3/5 – This is the second book in the Bill Hodges series and although I enjoyed it, I felt like it fell slightly short of the first book. A big part of the appeal of the first book for me was the Mercedes Killer, and this went in a different direction where he was not really a major element of the story at all. I am really looking forward to reading the third book in the series though, and I’m hoping it will tie everything together nicely.

Misery by Stephen King – 4/5 – For some reason I was really in the mood to read this book this month and I can’t explain why. I’m glad that I did, because it has become one of my favourite Stephen King novels. Annie Wilkes is one of the most authentic villains I’ve ever read, and I think she’s going to stay with me for a long time to come. If you want to start reading Stephen King and don’t know where to begin I’d suggest this as a starting point because I feel like it would be a great way to enter the twisted world of Stephen King.

The Women In The Walls by Amy Lukavics – 2/5 – This was a short and easy read, but it just didn’t do anything for me. I didn’t connect with the characters in any way so all of the reveals throughout the story fell a bit flat. This could be good to pick up if you’re in the mood for a short horror story around Halloween time, but other than that I wouldn’t really recommend it.

Sex Love Repeat by Alessandra Torre – 1/5 – Wow, this book was terrible. This was basically a whole lot of smut with very little character development, so the smutty elements of the book really had nothing to back them up and felt extremely gratuitous. I think I picked this up as a bargain book on kindle and now I know why. Would not recommend.

Everyhing Is Lies by Helen Callaghan – 3/5 – This was a decent middle of the road thriller for me. I’ve been wanting to read a thriller that had some ‘cult’ elements to it, and this fit the bill in that regard. This had some twists and turns along the way, and all in all made for an enjoyable read.

A Game Of Thrones by George R R Martin – 5/5 – I put off reading this series for a long time because it felt so overwhelming to me. I’m not normally a fan of fantasy novels but I love the Game Of Thrones TV series, so when Riley announced the #ReadYourFaceOff Book Club read-along I decided to bite the bullet and join in. I’m so glad that I did because although the series seemed so daunting to me at the start, having each book spread out over a couple of months makes it really manageable. On top of that I have come to discover that these books are GOOD. Like, really good. I think I have the added benefit of recognizing the characters based on the show, but this is a much easier read than I had anticipated. I’m eager to continue with the series and next month we are moving on to Clash of Kings.